No, this verb doesn't involve using your nose. When you smelt metal, you remove it from ore, or rock. Heat is required to smelt iron.

Smelt looks a lot like melt and that is an easy way to remember what this process involves. To smelt metal, you have to heat the rock, which is called ore, until the metal inside it melts or liquefies. That metal is the part that has use and value, but hard work is needed to extract it.

Definitions of smelt
  1. verb
    extract (metals) by heating
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    type of:
    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
  2. noun
    small cold-water silvery fish; migrate between salt and fresh water
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    American smelt, rainbow smelt
    common smelt of eastern North America and Alaska
    European smelt, sparling
    common smelt of Europe
    type of:
    the flesh of fish used as food
  3. noun
    small trout-like silvery marine or freshwater food fishes of cold northern waters
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    Osmerus mordax, rainbow smelt
    important marine and landlocked food fish of eastern North America and Alaska
    European smelt, Osmerus eperlanus, sparling
    the common smelt of Europe
    capelan, capelin, caplin
    very small northern fish; forage for sea birds and marine mammals and other fishes
    type of:
    malacopterygian, soft-finned fish
    any fish of the superorder Malacopterygii
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